Ajax keep pressure on PSV
A review of this weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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Ajax closed the gap on Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven to three points with a 2-0 win at RKC Waalwijk on Sunday as Feyenoord slipped further out of title contention.
Ajax had the points sewn up by half-time as Niklas Moisander put them ahead after 22 minutes and Christian Eriksen doubled the lead five minutes before the break.
Feyenoord went down to a shock 3-2 defeat at PEC Zwolle, who moved out of the bottom three.
A Graziano Pelle own goal after two minutes gave the hosts the perfect start and
Darryl Lachman added a second just five minutes later.
Pelle made amends by scoring twice in two minutes to bring the game level before the break, but Denni Avdic grabbed the winner for PEC with 15 minutes to go.
Defeat left the Rotterdammers in fourth place, six points off top spot.
Vitesse Arnhem beat FC Groningen 2-0 thanks to goals from Mike Havenaar (53) and Wilfried Bony (63) with a penalty.
Heerenveen defender Joey van den Berg had a day to forget as he scored an own goal and was sent off in the first half of his side's 2-1 loss at ADO Den Haag.
Van den Berg's 24th-minute own goal cancelled out Sven Kums' 13th-minute opener and ADO completed the comeback when Santi Kolk put them ahead in the 36th minute.
Van den Berg was dismissed a minute before the break and his side could not mount a second-half fightback.
On Saturday, ten-man PSV Eindhoven stretched their lead at the top of the Eredivisie table to six points with a comeback 2-1 win over FC Utrecht.
Jacob Mulenga fired in-form Utrecht into a 10th-minute lead but the leaders were on level terms again on the half-hour through Belgian forward Dries Mertens.
Georgino Wijnaldum sent PSV ahead on 65 minutes and despite Atiba Hutchinson's red card moments later, they held on.
FC Twente lost further ground as their recent woes continued with a 1-1 home draw against bottom team Willem II.
Coach Steve McClaren had admitted that his team desperately needed to arrest a poor run that has seen them fail to record a league win since the turn of the year.
But Ricardo Ippel's stoppage-time strike prevented them from doing that after Douglas had headed the opener from close range on 43 minutes.
A stunning Willy Overtoom goal was not enough for AZ Alkmaar as they drew 2-2 at struggling Roda JC.
Roda raced ahead in the first minute through Sanharib Malki but, after Jozy Altidore (34) equalised, Overtoom (51) produced a brilliant 25-yard free-kick to fire AZ ahead.
Their lead lasted just 13 minutes, though, as Frank Demouge ensured Roda inched two points clear of danger.
NAC Breda and Heracles Almelo shared a 1-1 draw after Rick Ten Voorde (56) cancelled out an 11th-minute opener from Everton.
VVV-Venlo boosted their hopes of survival with a 2-1 win at Europa League hopefuls NEC Nijmegen on Friday night.
Nick van der Velden had given the seventh-placed hosts a sixth-minute lead, but Uche Nwofor got the second-bottom visitors back on level terms just five minutes later.
NEC defender Nathaniel Will was then sent off in the 65th minute for a foul on Brian Linssen, and VVV took only seven minutes to capitalise on their man advantage as Linssen netted the winner.
The home team pushed for an equaliser but it was VVV who looked the more dangerous and the more likely to add to the scoring on the counter-attack, with Linssen and substitute Ricky van Haaren both denied by the woodwork in the closing stages.